A Guide to Australian Open Betting
Tennis and sports betting fans: get your predictions ready! The Australian Open is fast approaching. The Australian Open of the world’s biggest tennis events and it takes place from January 15-28, 2018, at Melbourne Park in the sporting capital of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria. It’s the first Grand Slam of 2018, with the others taking place at the French Open (Roland Garros), Wimbledon (the UK) and the US Open in Flushing Meadow, New York later in the year. The Australian Open is the most attended of all the Grand Slams, with over 750,000 people attending the event in 2017. Players in the field compete for the status of becoming a Grand Slam Champion and for a share of the hefty AUD $50 million prize money on offer.
Australian Open Venue
Asia Pacific’s Grand Slam takes place across three primary courts: Rod Laver Arena, the Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena. Rod Laver Arena is the main stadium for the Australian Open Finals and it can seat almost 15 000 people.
With iconic blue courts, dramatic late-night matches played under floodlights in front of full stadiums, the Australian Open is the perfect way to kick off each tennis season. The players love the crowds and the laid-back Aussie nature off-the-court. It is fully on show in their performances, producing classic games year-on-year.
Winners of the Most Men’s Singles Titles
Roy Emerson – 6 – 1961, 1963-67
Novak Djokovic – 6 – 2008, 2011-13, 2015-16
Roger Federer – 5 – 2004, 2006-2007, 2010, 2017
Winners of the Most Women’s Singles Titles
Margaret Court – 11 – 1960-66, 1969-71, 1973.
Serena Williams – 7 – 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-10, 2015, 2017.
Nancy Wynne – 6 – 1937, 1940, 1946-48, 1951.
Australian Open Format
The Australian Open Format has a 128-player main draw for each of both the men’s draw and the women’s singles events.
During the selection of players in the qualifying rounds, ‘seeding’ takes place, a technique used to separate the top players in the draw into two separate halves, so the top players will not meet in the early stages of the tournament. The top seed is the player with the highest current ranking. The draw is made in such a way that the top two seeds will not play against each other until they have made it through to the final.
The top-32 players in each draw are seeded in accordance with the ATP & WTA world rankings and are theoretically provided a protected passage to the later rounds of the tournament. However, ever year, there are upsets aplenty that send shockwaves through everyone’s odds, tips and predictions.
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Current Australian Open Betting Odds
Let’s take a look at the current Australian Open Betting Odds with bookmakers Ladbrokes for Men’s Singles Champion;
Roger Federer $3.75
Rafael Nadal $4.75
Novak Djokovic $5.00
Andy Murray $7.00
Alexander Zverev $12.00
Grigor Dimitrov $15.00
The best local Australian hope is Nick Kyrgios, at the very good value price of $26.
As for the Women, the current Australian Open Betting Odds with Sportsbet for Women’s Singles Champion are;
Serena Williams $5.00
Garbine Muguruza $7.00
Maria Sharapova $11.00
Karolina Pliskova $11.00
Simona Halep $13.00
Petra Kvitova $15.00
Top Aussie hopes in the Women’s Draw are Ash Barty at $26, on the same line of betting as veteran Venus Williams (a fantastic value bet), whilst Daria (Dascha) Gavrilova is an outside chance at $51 to win her first major.
A brief look back at the Australian Open 2017
In an incredible 5 set battle in the final, Swiss champion Roger Federer defeated his long-time arch-rival, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, to win the Australian Open 2017, extending his record in capturing his 18th major title. The 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory was Federer’s first major title in 4-and-a-half years and kickstarted an incredible year. The win gave Federer his first win over Nadal at a Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2007 and provided the Swiss champion the momentum for yet another successful Wimbledon campaign.
Serena Williams scored a 6-4, 6-4 victory over her sister Venus Williams, capturing the 2017 Australian Open championship at Melbourne Park. The win gave her 23 major titles. If that wasn’t a huge enough accomplishment already, it was later revealed that Serena won the title whilst eight weeks pregnant.
In 2017, Finnish Henri Kontinen and Australian partner John Peers were crowned Men’s Doubles’ champions at the Australian Open whilst the US’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova were crowned Women’s Doubles Champions.
Australian Open Predictions 2018
The Australian Open Betting Odds are following the usual script with the usual suspects for the 2018 Open.
In 2018, the fans favourite and seemingly-eternally-young, Roger Federer, will more-than-likely farewell the tournament by playing his last Australian Open before retirement. However, we’re yet to hear anything official on a potential retirement from Roger. Watch this space. However, Nadal will be keen for revenge after being beating defeated by Federer in the 2017 final.
Milos Raonic is moving up the ranks and has the ‘big game’ to succeed and loves the hard-court at Melbourne. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have both made the latter stages of the tournament in recent years and as ever, they’re solid betting choices. Stan Wawrinka made the semi-finals last year, has the best backhand on the tour and like Raonic, seems to produce his best in Melbourne. Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem are two young European players that could potentially cause an upset in the 2018 tournament. For Australian tennis fans, Nick Kyrgios is the best option in the Men’s Draw. As ever, its always a matter of which Nick Kyrgios turns up, the world-beater on his day or the spoilt brat who makes McEnroe look well-behaved.
The best value in the field is Grigor Dimitrov. Without a doubt, Dimitrov (who won the season-ending ATP Tour Finals in 2017) is the most under-rated player in the field and hugely over-priced at $15 to take out the Open. Expect that price to shorten dramatically the closer we get to mid-January.
On the Women’s side, Serena Williams should return for her defence of the title after the birth of her first child. She’s currently the Women’s favourite for 2018. Question marks always seem to surround Serena for one reason or another. This time, its being on the comeback trail at the age of 36 after giving birth. It takes a brave soul to bet against Serena’s talent and willpower.
Maria Sharapova will be returning after serving her drugs suspension and she’ll be a serious dark-horse threat in Melbourne. Simona Halep was knocked out in the first-round last year, however, expect a dramatic improvement in 2018. Sydney born Brit, Johanna Konta is one-to-watch and on the improve. Reigning Wimbledon champ, Garbiñe Muguruza should not be discounted and will be around and in-the-mix as the Australian Open reaches the pointy end of the tournament. Of the Australians, Samantha Stosur has historically struggled at her home tournament. However, Ash Barty and Daria Gavrilova have both performed very well recently and will have the frenetic home crowds in their corner to help push them over the line towards an upset or two.
Best value in the Women’s draw is a trickier affair with the draw being quite open. As for my best value bets for the Women, I’ve plumped for Sloane Stephens, the reigning US Open Champion at the ridiculously good value of $21 and WTA Tour Finals Champ in 2017, Caroline Wozniacki, at $17.
Australian Open Betting Tips & Types
Head-to-Head – Head-to-head betting on tennis is the simplest form of Australian Open Betting. Generally, the favourites will be priced at very low odds in the first few rounds of the Australian Open. Great value can usually be unearthed for betting on an underdog or the outrageously wild upset. In Melbourne, when sniffing upsets, always look for players from warm countries taking advantage of a European player coming out of a freezing winter to a boiling Aussie summer.
Multi betting – Multi-bets on multiple matches is ideal for improving odds to your favour. A multi-bet can include head-to-head, handicap, sets, and total match games.
Sets – Betting on the number of sets is very nearly always a good value bet, especially in the early rounds of a Grand Slam like the Australian Open. Players in the top 10 are expected to win in straight sets and the offered odds are usually better than those offered head-to-head.
Handicap betting – Similar to sports handicap betting, a tennis match usually has a handicap market. A handicap bet in tennis is usually determined by the number of games. The player with the minus sign is the favourite and a larger handicap means they’re expected to win by bookies. Meanwhile, the plus handicap signifies the underdog. Handicap betting is usually recommended for those who wish to put their money on an upset win.
Total match games – Total match games is another interesting tennis betting option. The number of games is calculated by the bookmaker and customers can either bet on unders or overs. For matches between evenly-matched players at similar odds, the over total match games is highly recommended. For one-sided matchups in the early rounds of a Grand Slam tournament like the Australian Open, the unders bet is an ideal one.
Other markets – The other tennis markets can include: First set exact score, total sets per match, games won by margin, total games by player etc. etc. The list of betting sites options is endless. Because Grand Slam tournaments are the biggest and generate the most interest by sports bettors, more varied markets are usually available than those at regular season ATP and WTA events.
Bonus Bets and Promotions
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